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25/06/13 09:53

Record results for school leavers

89.5 per cent of young people staying in positive destinations.

The rate of young people staying in employment, training or education after leaving school is the highest on record.

Figures released today show that the proportion of leavers still in positive destinations nine months after finishing school, increased to 89.5 per cent from 87.2 per cent the previous year.

The percentage of school leavers attaining a qualification at Higher level or above also increased, while the rate of those leaving with no qualifications at SCQF level 3 or above fell.

Key findings from today’s publications, which also includes the latest information on healthy living are as follows:

  • School leavers staying in positive destinations in March 2013 stood at a record 89.5 per cent, compared to 87.2 per cent the previous year
  • The percentage of school leavers attaining a qualification at Higher level or above rose to 55.8 per cent in 2011/12, compared to 52.5 per cent the previous year – the highest figure on record
  • The percentage leaving without a qualification at SCQF level 3 (Standard Grade Foundation/Access 3) or above decreased from 2.1 per cent to 1.7 per cent in 2011/12 – the lowest figure on record
  • The percentage of schools meeting the PE target rose from 85 per cent in 2012 to 89 per cent in 2013, and is up from 10 per cent in 2004/05.

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance said:

“Record levels of young people going into and remaining in positive destinations is great news for Scotland’s economy, our employers and our young people themselves. More have gone into training and further and higher education, demonstrating that the need to give themselves the best possible chance of being work ready is understood better than ever, especially as the difficult economic climate continues. Following considerable efforts by the Scottish Government and its public, private and third sector partners, we are also seeing a series of very positive job figures showing that our work to support young people into employment, including a unique guarantee of an offer of a place in education or training for 16 to 19s, is paying off.

“However, we are not resting on our laurels. One young person moving straight from school into unemployment is one too many, and work will continue to help these young people maximise their potential. Overall attainment, while improving, could still be better and the Scottish Government will continue to work to identify innovative practice, particularly that which benefits those from deprived communities, to further improve the education system.

“Ahead of 2014 and the Commonwealth Games, further progress on schools meeting their targets on PE is also welcome news and we are confident that the target will be met next year. We will continue to work with local authorities to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to take part in a range of physical activity, sport and play opportunities. We want to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up and ensuring children have every chance of succeeding at school, regardless of their background, and enjoying a healthy lifestyle are fundamental parts of a fulfilling childhood.”

Notes to editors

Schools are required to deliver at least 120 minutes of PE per week for all pupils in primary schools and at least 100 minutes of PE per week for all S1 to S4 pupils by 2014. The publication, including attainment, destinations, PE and school meals data can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01045.

Further statistics on education outcomes for looked after children can be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/stats/bulletins/01047.